Wetland Specialist

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/04/2024
  • Closing Date: 03/18/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Board of Water & Soil Resources / Bd-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: BWSR / WCA Operations
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – Est. Up to 25% of the time
  • Salary Range: $30.55 – $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 – $94,002 / annually
  • Job Class Option: Water & Soil Resources
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Hybrid work Eligible: Yes
  • Work Location: Marshall, or Mankato
  • Supervisor: Ken Powell
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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Job Summary

Wetland Specialists with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) serve as a regional representative overseeing the administration of the State’s wetland regulatory program, the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). The primary function of the position is to facilitate, support, and ensure that the technical and administrative procedures and rules of WCA are properly implemented by local units of government (Counties, Cities, Watershed Districts, Watershed Management Organizations and some Townships).

BWSR regional Wetland Specialists (10 total across the state) serve on Technical Evaluation Panels (TEPs) for project reviews, provide advice and mentoring to Local Government Units (LGUs) on WCA implementation, oversee and evaluate LGU functioning and performance, interpret wetland regulations, give expert advice on wetland delineation, coordinate with other agencies regulating wetlands, and provide technical and administrative training and mentoring to LGU staff.

The position involves frequent travel in the assigned work area to attend meetings at local government offices and field reviews at project sites with infrequent overnight stays (1 every couple of months on average).

The position reports to the WCA Operations Supervisor who supervises all of the wetland specialist positions statewide. There is considerable interaction with other wetland specialists, the Wetland Mitigation Supervisor and his/her staff, technical services staff and the Wetland Section Manager.

Wetland specialists are afforded considerable flexibility in scheduling their work week to accommodate various meetings, field reviews and comment period deadlines in their work area. They are expected to manage their 80 hours of work within a two-week time period in accordance with the appropriate bargaining unit of the State’s contract with the Minnesota Association of Public Employees.

This position could be located at one the following BWSR office locations: Mankato or Marshall. Hybrid arrangements are available based on supervisor approval and demonstrated ability to provide efficient service and support to the assigned work area. The assigned work area will generally be counties in the southwest, south central, and west central portion of Minnesota.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource science or a related field.


Three (3) years of advanced professional experience working with wetland regulatory programs that include ecological principals related to wetland science, technical aspects of wetland delineation, wetland typing, and wetland functional assessment. Advanced professional experience must be gained through a job in which one or more of the major duties is directly related to wetland regulation.  


Two (2) year degree in biology, natural resource science or a related field.


Five (5) years of advanced professional experience working with wetland regulatory programs that include ecological principals related to wetland science, technical aspects of wetland delineation, wetland typing, and wetland functional assessment. Advanced professional experience must be gained through a job in which one or more of the major duties is directly related to wetland regulation.  

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectively with the public, other government entities, and colleagues to reasonably apply technical and policy matters to a wide range of situations and circumstances in a regulatory environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of natural resource regulatory programs including the role of government, the private sector, and the regulated public.
  • Demonstrated writing, presentation, and oral communication skills sufficient to clearly communicate technical matters and information related to wetlands to local government unit staff and the public.
  • Must be a certified Minnesota Wetland Professional per Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program or acquire within two (2) years. Necessary classes and training related to obtaining certification will be provided by the hiring agency if needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and clientele.
  • Valid basic driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in conservation, natural resources, or related field.
  • Two or more years of experience conducting and/or reviewing wetland delineations.
  • One or more years of experience working directly with the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act in one or more of the following capacities: professional private consulting on WCA compliance; administering WCA as a local government unit representative; serving on WCA technical evaluation panels; working for other government entities on related regulatory programs that interact or overlap with WCA.
  • Procedural understanding of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA).
  • Certified Minnesota Wetland Professional per Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program administered by BWSR.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work – occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Requires the ability to walk in and around wetlands during adverse field conditions such as at times of high heat and humidity, in rough terrain, through standing water and with mosquitos and other biting insects. Requires occasional use of a soil auger and shovel to observe subsurface soil characteristics. Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and laptops, environmental equipment or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree and at times may involve sitting for extended periods during meetings.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Board of Water and Soil Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  1. Employment Reference Check
  2. SEMA4 Records Check
  3. Criminal History Check
  4. Education/License Verification

Application Details

How to Apply 

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of the MN Careers page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Kenneth Powell at ken.powell@state.mn.us or 651-215-1703.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Patricia Sweep at patricia.sweep@state.mn.us.

Why Work for Us 

Diverse Workforce 

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found: 

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission 
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs 
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job 
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule 

Comprehensive Benefits 

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include: 

  • Public pension plan 
  • Training and professional development 
  • Paid vacation and sick leave 
  • 11 paid holidays each year 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage 
  • Prescription drug coverage 
  • Vision coverage 
  • Wellness programs and resources 
  • Employer paid life insurance 
  • Short-term and long-term disability 
  • Health care spending and savings accounts 
  • Dependent care spending account 
  • Tax-deferred compensation 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program 

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. 


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.